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NFL Decides Not To Fine Steelers For Dice Celebration; Weren’t Sure If They Were Playing Yahtzee or Backgammon (VIDEO)
On Sunday, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant and a few other of his teammates decided to take full advantage of the league’s new relaxed celebration rules.
After scoring a touchdown, Bryant went down to one knee and played a mock game of dice with fellow wideout Antonio Brown. And they weren’t the only ones taking part.
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Many still expected the league to fine them in some way because the league’s rules still prohibit gambling. Surprisingly, they decided not to. Why? Because they couldn’t determine whether they were playing Yahtzee or Backgammon.
Pro Football Talk has the details:
In the latest sign that the NFL is easing up on celebrations, the league has confirmed that there’s no problem with pretending to roll dice while celebrating.
During Sunday’s game against the Vikings, Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant pretended to roll dice in the end zone, with a couple of teammates joining in. In the past, that would have been a no-no in the NFL, both because orchestrated celebrations weren’t allowed and because the NFL kept anything that could seem remotely related to gambling at arm’s length.
But NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said on a conference call today that the celebration was discussed at the league office, and everyone thought Bryant’s celebration was all in good fun.
“There was an internal debate this morning over whether they were referring to Yahtzee or backgammon,” Lockhart said. “I don’t think we’re in a place to determine that, so I think that’s OK with us.”
I hope the league understands that this decision has now opened the flood gates for many more hilarious celebrations.
The real winners here? That would be the fans.